Newsletter – August 5, 2020


Can e-commerce deliver for airlines?
With widespread gloom in the industry about the pace of passenger traffic’s return this year, the cargo market will remain a bright spot for airlines well into 2021, as growth in e-commerce displaces shipments of personal protective equipment as a major opportunity.
That is the message from expert panelists in a FlightGlobal webinar last week on the future of the air cargo market, sponsored by SmartKargo. Read more here.


Vessels redirect to other ports as strike chaos continues at Montreal
The stand-off between labour and employers at the port of Montreal saw another strike disrupting container traffic this week.
Frustrated by the situation, carriers have begun to redirect vessels to other ports.
Following the end of consecutive strikes by longshoremen and port checkers, which halted operations at the port’s terminals last week, longshoremen began another 96-hour strike on Monday, which will end on Friday. Read more here.

Deadly port explosion rocks Beirut
Authorities in Lebanon are busy counting the number of dead and injured after an explosion at Beirut Port that rocked the entire city.
The blast, which happened in the city’s port area yesterday around 6pm, is said to have been caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate being stored in a warehouse for the last six years after a ship had been abandoned in the port in 2013. Read more here.

FMC finds NY/NJ port ‘minimally impacted’ operationally by COVID-19
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) found that the coronavirus pandemic has minimally impacted container shipping operations within the Port of New York and New Jersey compared to what was experienced in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in Southern California the first half of this year.
The FMC conducted numerous interviews with New York/New Jersey port and shipping industry officials as part of its ongoing Fact Finding 29, which the agency launched earlier this year to evaluate the impacts of COVID-19 on the nation’s major container gateways. Read more here.

Trans-Atlantic ocean trade struggling to recover
Container volumes might be slowly recovering on the trans-Pacific and Asia-Europe trades as lockdowns have been eased, but the trans-Atlantic trade is showing few signs of a major demand recovery.
While blanked sailings have been reinstated with some haste on services from Asia to North America and additional sailings have been added to meet demand from Asia to North Europe during this summer’s short peak season, trade between Europe and North America remains muted and lines have been pulling capacity, according to Alphaliner. Read more here.


TAPA expands EMEA secure truck parking database
The number of secure truck parking places in the Transported Asset Protection Association’s (TAPA) EMEA’s Parking Security Requirement (PSR) database broke through the 7,000 barrier in July as more sites joined its programme to support the resilience of trucking operations, improve driver safety and reduce cargo thefts across the region. Read more here.


Tropical Storm Isaias heads up East Coast threatening road, sea freight movement
Dive Brief:
North Carolina ports delayed opening gates Tuesday after Tropical Storm Isaias made landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina Monday night. The storm will move up the East Coast to Canada Tuesday, bringing winds up to 70 mph to many East Coast states. Read more here.